Everest Collegiate High School is excited to announce that 7 Seniors from the class of 2015 will be continuing their athletic careers on the college level. Below is a list of the seniors, their accomplishments and where they will be attending school next fall.
Benny Bellestri will be playing baseball at Trine University in Angola, Indiana. Benny is a four-year varsity player. He spent his first three years playing on the OLL/EC co-op baseball team. After splitting with OLL this year, Benny was named Captain of the young Mountaineer baseball team. He catches and pitches for the 2015 Division 4 District Champion Mountaineers. Benny earned All-Academic honors last year and All-Catholic, All-District and All-District Academic honors this season.
Hannah Burgess will be a member of the Central Michigan cheer squad. Hannah is a four-year member of the EC Competitive Cheer team. During those four years, Hannah led the team to 2 CHSL Championships and 1 District Title. Hannah earned All-Catholic and All-Academic honors during her Junior and Senior year respectively.
Claire Kitz will play Volleyball at Hamilton College next fall. Claire is a four-year varsity starter for the Mountaineers. She is a middle and outside hitter. During her four years, Claire earned All-Catholic honors each season.
Sophia Koolwick will be a member of the Southern Methodist University’s Equestrian Team next year. Sophia has competed since her Freshman year. This year she competed as a member of the EC Club Equestrian team and captured the M.I.H.A. Division 2-Division D District title.
Claire Lasceski will be playing Soccer next fall at The University of Findley. Claire was a member of the EC/OLL girls soccer team that played for three straight MHSAA Class D titles. This season she led a young EC/Academy of Sacred Heart team to the CHSL playoffs and a spot in the MHSAA District Championship game. Claire earned All-League honors last season and All-Catholic and All-District honors this year.
Ashley Lowney will play Basketball at Calvin College next year. Ashley was a member of the Mountaineers District and Regional Championship team last year where she was the teams shooting guard. She earned All-Catholic honors this season.
Lucas Neme will be playing football at Hope College. Lucas is a three-year varsity player. He started the past two years as a slot back and defensive back for the Mountaineer Football team. In addition to being a captain as a senior, Lucas led the team in rushing while helping the Mountaineers qualify for the MHSAA Division 8 playoffs each of the last two seasons.
These seven seniors will be joining the following EC graduates who are also college athletes:
Ryan Bradley, Hockey – Calvin College
Steven Scott, Baseball – Albion College
Mitch Lasceski, Baseball – Albion College
Patrick Nalepa, Golf – Hillsdale College
Benny Marcial, Soccer – Lawrence Tech
Richie Cross, Basketball- Franciscan University of Steubenville
David Smith, Golf – Kalamazoo College
Shannon DiSalle, Lacrosse – Franciscan University of Steubenville
Lucia Westrick, Basketball – Franciscan University of Steubenville